Seth Pimentel, a.k.a. African Ginger, is an avid non-promoting smoker, that doesn’t mind showing the world what his mind sees and dreams of collaborating with top skateboarding brands.
Tell me three fun facts about yourself?
Well, there’s not much to say haha. I’m a natural ginger, I’ve been skating for 10 years and I have a weird habit of drawing noses in public.
How would you describe your prints/work to a complete hermit?
I’d say my work is an odd combination of what I find aesthetically pleasing, usually females and rebellious youth culture. Don’t forget about the pinch of self-hatred, oh and major street art influence.
What kind of music do you listen to? Which artists? Does the kind of music influence what you design?
I listen to a lot of Little Dragon, Milo, Toro Y Moi, The Internet, John Coltrane, Archy Marshall (a.k.a. King Krule), BADBADNOTGOOD, Miles Davis, Ryo Fukui, Earl Sweatshirt, Samiyam, XXYYXX – this list could go on-and-on. Yeah, the music I listen to when I’m working really depends on the feeling I want to convey in the design. The music really sets the tone for every piece. When I feel weird I listen to either Death Grips or old Tyler the Creator tracks to give off a subtle ominous feeling. 7/10 of the time, I’m listening to Milo. I think most of the stuff I’ve done recently is inspired by lines or verses from a few songs of his.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I tend to sit on DeviantArt and Pinterest for a few hours before I do anything. Kind of like a warm up, or psyche session if you like. Locally, I’m really in to guys like; Gerhard Human, Black Koki, and a good friend of mine from high school, Terence Maluleke (a.k.a. Tako). Internationally, I’d say; Sachin Teng, Loish, Max Prentis, Natalie Foss, Mcbess, Nikita Kaun, Moonassi, and of course the legends, Barry McGee and my hero Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Can you tell me a bit about your essential tools and why you can’t live without them?
My baby, my drawing tablet. Wacom Intuos 2016. I’ve managed to pull out some of my favourites with it. My girlfriend, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. She is one of the reasons why I got the opportunity to do this interview. My faithful, HP scanner, which has gotten me through almost everything. My trusty clutch pencil and fine-liners. I’d say my sketch book too but I’ve burnt through 5 in the last 7 months so I can’t add that haha, and of course my countless boxes of Camel Black, which has gotten me through some of the most stressful deadlines. (I am not promoting smoking).
I would love to work with Sachin Teng on a piece, oh my! Or Natalie Foss! To learn their techniques and apply them with my own, to create some good work. I’d love to do something for Stussy or Thrasher, yeah those are my big dream collaborations.
In your opinion, what makes a great designer?
I think it’s someone who continuously finds inspiration from almost every aspect of our mundane visual world. Someone who continuously develops their taste in what is and isn’t aesthetically pleasing to them. Someone who would rather spend time working on a piece, knowing that an unfinished one will haunt them forever. Someone who can understand and can dissect any image down to its core and then recreate it with a different perspective.
Where can one find more of your work?
Personally, I feel I’m not good enough yet to have a Behance account. But I do have a little Facebook page called Catfap, and I do tend to post almost all my favourite recent work on my Instagram account. I should have a website by November.